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mechanics employed on construction of a similar character, as determined by the Secretary of Labor prior to the beginning of construction and after the date of the filing of the application for insurance.
“(b) The Administrator is authorized to make such rules and reg. ulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.
"(c) There is hereby authorized to be appropriated for the remainder of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1939, and for each fiscal year thereafter, a sum sufficient to meet all necessary expenses of the Department of Labor in making the determinations provided for in subsection (a)."
Sec. 15. The last sentence of section 301 (b) of such Act, as amended, is amended to read as follows: "If the Administrator is of the opinion that the establishment of such an association is desirable to provide a market for mortgages insured under title II and is in the public interest, that the incorporators transmitting the articles of association are responsible persons, and that such articles of association are satisfactory in all respects, he may issue or cause to be issued to such incorporators a certificate of approval, and the association shall become, as of the date of issuance of such certificate, a body corporate by the name set forth in its articles of association."
SEC. 16. Paragraph (4) of section 301 (c) of such Act, as amended, is amended to read as follows:
“(4) To conduct its business in any State of the United States, or in the District of Columbia, Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, and to have one or more offices in such State, or in the District of Columbia, Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, one of which offices shall be designated at the time of organization as its principal office.”
Approved, June 3, 1939. .
(PUBLIC_No. 385—76TH CONGRESS)
AN ACT To provide for a national census of housing. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That to provide information concerning the number, characteristics (including utilities and equipment), and geographical distribution of dwelling structures and dwelling units in the United States the Director of the Census shall take a census of housing in each State, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Alaska, in the year 1940 in conjunction with, at the same time, and as a part of the population inquiry of the sixteenth decennial census. The Director of the Census shall be authorized to collect such supplementary statistics (either in advance of or after the taking of such census) as are necessary to the completion thereof.
SEC. 2. All of the provisions, including penalties, of the Act providing for the fifteenth and subsequent decennial censuses, approved June 18, 1929 (46 Stat. 21; U. S. C., Supp. VII, title 13, ch. 4), shall apply to the taking of the census provided for in section 1 of this Act.
Seo. 3. For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act, there is authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, not to exceed $8,000,000 to cover the estimated cost of such census.
Approved, August 11, 1939.
[H. R. 9822]
SEC. 201. In connection with the national defense program, the Navy and War Departments and the United States Housing Authority are hereby authorized to cooperate in making necessary housing available for persons engaged in national defense activities, as hereinafter provided. “Persons engaged in national defense activities” (as that term is used in this title) shall include (i) enlisted men with families, who are in the naval and military service (excluding officers) and employees of the Navy and War Departments who are assigned to duty at naval or military reservations, posts, or bases, and (ii) workers with families, who are engaged or to be engaged in industries connected with and essential to the national defense program. No project shall be developed or assisted for the purposes of
. this title except with the approval of the President and upon a determination by him that there is an acute shortage of housing in the locality involved which impedes the national defense program.
Sec. 202. (a) Projects may be initiated hereunder by the Navy or War Department to provide dwellings on or near naval or military reservations, posts or bases for rental to the enlisted men and employees of the Navy and War Departments described in section 201. Such projects shall be developed by the Navy or War Department or by the Authority, whichever the President determines is better suited to the fulfillment of the purposes of this title with respect to any particular project. If the development of such project is to be undertaken by the Navy or War Department, the Authority is authorized to aid the development of the project by furnishing technical assistance and by transferring to such Department the funds necessary for the development of the project. Any project developed for the purpose of this
. section shall be leased to the Navy or 'War Department by the Authority (which shall have title to such project until repayment of the cost thereof to the Authority as prescribed in such lease)
upon such terms as shall be prescribed in the lease, which may be the same terms as are authorized by the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, with respect to leases to public housing agencies. All the provisions of said Act which apply to the development of projects by the Authority shall (insofar as applicable and not inconsistent herewith) apply to the development of projects by the Navy or War Department. Notwithstanding other provisions of this or any other law, the Department leasing a project shall have the same jurisdiction over such project as it has over the reservation, post or base in connection with which the project is developed.
(b) The Navy or War Department, in connection with any project developed or leased by it, and the Authority, in connection with any project developed or assisted by it, for the purposes of this title, may acquire real or personal property or any interest therein by purchase, eminent domain, gift, lease or otherwise. The provisions of section 355 of the Revised Statutes shall not apply to the acquisition of any real property by the Navy or War Department or by the Authority for the purposes of this title or to the project developed thereor, and the provisions of section 321 of the Act of June 30, 1932 (U. S. C. 1934 edition, title 40, sec. 303b), shall not apply to any lease of any project developed for the purposes of this title or of any dwelling therein. Condemnation proceedings instituted by the Authority shall be in its own name and the practice and procedure governing such proceedings by the United States shall be followed, and the Authority shall likewise be entitled to proceed in accordance with the provisions of the Act of Congress approved February 26, 1931 (46 Stat. 1421), and an Act of Congress approved March 1, 1929 (45 Stat. 1415). If the Authority acquires land in connection with a project to be assisted for the purposes of this title, it may convey such land to the public housing agency involved for a consideration equal to the cost of the land to the Authority. The Navy and War Departments and the Authority may negotiate, contract and fix such fees as they determine are reasonable for the services of architects, engineers, surveyors, appraisers, title examiners and real estate negotiators in connection with specific projects developed by them under this title. The Secretaries of Navy and War are hereby authorized to make available to the Authority any land that is needed for a project to be developed by the Authority and leased to the Navy or War Department and to execute such leases, agreements and other instruments with the Authority as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this title.
Sec. 203. In any localities where the President determines that there is an acute shortage of housing which impedes the national defense program and that the necessary housing would not otherwise be provided when needed for persons engaged in national defense activities, the Authority may undertake the development and administration of projects to assure the availability of dwellings in such localities for such persons and their families, or the Authority may extend financial assistance to public housing agencies for the development and administration of such projects. Such financial assistance to public housing agencies shall be extended (except as otherwise provided herein and not inconsistent herewith) under the provisions of, and in the same manner and forms as provided in, title I of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, with respect to other housing projects.
SEC. 204. Any contract made for financial assistance under the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, may be revised so as to provide that the project involved will be assisted for any of the purposes of this title. The Navy or War Department or the Authority, in the administration of any project developed for the purposes of this title, shall fix rentals for persons engaged in national defense activities and their families which will be within their financial reach, and the Authority, in any contract for financial
assistance or any lease of such a project, shall require the fixing of such rentals. Projects developed by the Navy or War Department, or developed or assisted by the Authority, for the purposes of this title shall not be subject to the elimination requirements of sections 10 (a) and 11 (a) of said Act, or to any provisions of section 9 of said Act which would require any part of the development cost thereof to be met in any manner other than from funds loaned or furnished by the Authority. Funds expended for the purposes of this title shall be excluded in determining, for the purposes of section 21 (d) of said Act, the amounts expended within each State. Except as otherwise provided herein or as may be inconsistent herewith, all the provisions of title I of said Act shall apply to this title. During the period when the President determines that in any locality there is an acute need for housing to assure the availability of dwellings for persons engaged in national defense activities, dwellings in a project developed or assisted in said locality which are devoted to the purposes of providing housing for persons engaged in national defense activities shall not be subject to sections 2 (1) and 2 (2) of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, and during such period such projects shall be deemed projects of a low-rent character for the purposes of any of the applicable provisions in title I of said Act.
SEC. 205. The Authority may use for the purposes of this title any of the funds or authorizations heretofore or hereafter made available to it. The provisions of title I of this Act shall not apply to this title.
Approved, June 28, 1940.